How to Not Break Your SDR + Other Articles from oneSDR
A new software defined radio blog called onesdr.com has recently posted a useful article for radio world newbies called "How Not to Break your Software-defined Radio Hardware". The article goes over a few important precautions like avoiding input power which is too high from transmitters and LNAs, avoiding DC input, and avoiding ESD.
They've also uploaded a few other articles that may be useful like "What is a Bias Tee?", "FM Notch Filters – why you need one with most SDRs", "What to look for when buying a Software-Defined Radio (SDR)", "Should I place a Low Noise Amplifier Before or After a Filter?", "The Best Software-Defined Radios (SDRs) for 2020" as well as several more.
Lots of good info on that blog, they know what they are talking about.
I tried to look at more yesterday, but I think the server got killed by Reddit. 😛 Glad it’s back.
Found a fantastic little VFO controller should anyone be interested. I got one and it works really well. SDRGadgets.co.uk I know there are tutorials out there, but was just easier to buy this one.
Don’t buy an RTL-SDR.com V3 dongle from ebay.
Don’t throw your sdr against the wall because you can’t install the drivers.
Don’t burn your sdr with a flame thrower because direct sampling don’t activate.
Don’t cut in two your sdr with a circular saw because you have an harmonic right over the frequency you are listening.
lol! missed the real questions like: can i take my sdr into the bath with me and will powering my sdr with 240 volts @ 5 amps make the signals louder.